Welcome to the Division of Music History, Theory, and Ethnomusicology

The Division of Music History, Theory, and Ethnomusicology is a vibrant contributor to the College of Music. MHTE maintains a full range of academic programs from the bachelor's to the doctorate. In fact, the Ph.D. program, celebrating more than a half-century of activity, was the first in the university. Today more than 70 students are enrolled in its graduate programs.

The division offers the B.A. in Music with an emphasis in Music History; the B.M. in Music Theory, the Master of Arts in Music with concentrations in musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, and musicology with an emphasis in early music performance; the Ph.D. in Music with concentrations in music theory, musicology, and ethnomusicology.

As a hub of academic activity, the division fosters a wide range of projects and initiatives. Students are encouraged to take advantage of our faculty's vast expertise in historical musicology, theory, and ethnomusicology. Division faculty members have been recognized with significant awards for outstanding teaching, research, service and the promotion of diversity in teaching and across campus. Read More

For additional information about our programs, please contact:

Interim Division Chair:
Benjamin Brand (Benjamin.Brand@unt.edu)

Area Coordinators:
Justin Lavacek, Music Theory (Justin.Lavacek@unt.edu)
Steven Friedson, Ethnomusicology (Steven.Friedson@unt.edu)
Margaret Notley, Music History (Margaret.Notley@unt.edu)


Recent News and Events

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 4:00pm
Music Building, Room 321

Please join us for Jennifer Saltzstein's lecture "Power, Privacy, and Performance: The Gendered Song-Space of the Medieval Garden" on Wednesday, February 27th.  This lecture is free and open to the public with a reception to follow in the Green Room. 

Music & Letters Centenary Prize

Prof. Rebecca Geoffroy-Schwinden's article "Music as Feminine Capital in Napoleonic France: Nancy Macdonald's Musical Upbringing," received the Music & Letters Centenary Prize for best original article in musicology. The article placed second of six winners in the international competition and will be published in the journal's centenary issue in 2019. Music & Letters is an internationally leading peer-reviewed journal of musicological research published by Oxford. 

Prize announcement: https://academic.oup.com/ml/pages/centenary_anniversary_prize_competition

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 4:00pm
Music Building, Room 321

Dr. Graham H. Phipps' presented his lecture on Wednesday, January 30, 2019. The title of his lecture was: MUSIC FROM VIENNA'S "BEAUTIFUL MOUNTAIN" STANDS HIGH ABOVE C-LEVEL: Pitch Notation and its Consequences in Schoenberg's Opus 33a

Alumni News

Dr. Theodore Albrecht, UNT Distinguished Alumnus, has published the first volume of a path-breaking translation and edition of the deaf composer Ludwig van Beethoven's so-called Conversation Books.  Beethoven (1770-1827) began losing his hearing in 1798, and in 1818 began using blank booklets for his acquaintances to write their sides of conversations, while the composer himself replied orally.  Albrecht's English translation and edition is being issued by the British publisher Boydell & Brewer in 12 volumes at approximately one volume per year.  Volume 1 (including booklets 1-8) has just appeared and covers from February, 1818 to March, 1820.  It includes such subjects as his legal battles over the guardianship of his nephew Karl, his composition of the Catholic Missa solemnis, his intolerance for anti-Semitism, as well as his pantheistic Evening Song under the Starry Heavens.  Discussions range from history, education, literature, religion, languages, and science, to Beethoven's reading habits and his ways of eating a sausage!  To order, please click here.  Use promo code BB130 to receive 30% off until December 31, 2018. 


Dr. Margaret Notley (Music History) received news that the AMS Series (Oxford University Press) has accepted her book manuscript. The title is "'Taken by the Devil': Censorship, Frank Wedekind, and Alban Berg's Opera Lulu.”